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Sunday Email: Issue 133

Welcome to your regular Sunday Email.
07785 223707
Quiz Night at The Angel
TONIGHT -The Sunday evening quiz night at The Angel starts again. It will be held in the lounge area to the left of the main bar as you walk in the main Long Street entrance. It’ll start at 8pm. There’ll be two sections of 20 questions each and a decider in case of a draw. Entry is £1 per person and all the takings will go to the winning team.
St Columba’s Church services
• TODAY: Sunday 13 November at 10.45am – Service of Remembrance led by army chaplain Revd. Stephen Wilson and at 11.45am Holy Communion with Baptism led by Revd. Steven Harvey.
• Sunday 20 November at 10.45am – Choral Matins.
• Sunday 27 November at 10.45am – Advent Sunday Holy Communion.

Regular Sunday services conclude with refreshments.

Dalton expansion plans – not much time left to have your say
Hambleton Council’s planning committee will very soon be deciding on a recent application for a significant development of industrial units at Dalton Industrial Estate.

Topcliffe Parish Council has submitted its formal response to the application and it can be read here or on the village website at

There’s still time for residents of both Topcliffe and Asenby to add their own comments by visiting Hambleton’s planning portal. You can follow the link below to see how you can have your say and help protect our environment and village life.

The application reference number is 22/01474/OUT

Topcliffe & Asenby Community Warm-Up
Warm-Up lunches take place at the Village Hall every Wednesday between 11.30am and 1.30pm. There is no specific charge for lunch, though those who can manage it are asked to make a donation. The lunches are open to anyone who wishes to come along.

Last Wednesday £90 was raised, of which £50 will be contributed towards the cost of the pensioners’ Christmas Lunch on 13 December. The balance has gone into the Warm-Up Community Help fund. This will help pay for food in future weeks and the organisers are looking at how further support might be offered to those in need during these financially difficult times.

If you can donate any ingredients for a forthcoming lunch or would like to help in some way, please get in touch with Karen Morley on 01845 577426 or Linda Carver on 01845 578014.

Terry Ford
It is with much sadness that we share the news that Asenby resident Terry Ford – beloved husband of Carole – died on Thursday 10 November in Harrogate Hospital. He would have been 89 next month. He was well known around the village of Asenby for his love of dogs and many, who may not have known his name, knew him simply as ‘the man who walks his dogs’.

There will be a service at Maple Park Crematorium on Friday 25 November at 10am to which all those who knew Terry are warmly invited. There is no need to wear dark, formal clothes nor to send flowers. He will be sorely missed.

Christmas Lunch for local pensioners
This year’s pensioners’ Christmas lunch will be held at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on 13 December at 12.30pm. The cost for a three course Christmas lunch with drinks and entertainment is just £15 (a price that is considerably subsidised). For more information check out the poster here. To book please contact Judith Lowe on 01845 577911.
Mala Bead Necklace Workshop

  • Location: Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall.
  • Date and time: Sunday 27 November between 1:30 and 4:30pm.
  • Cost: £35.00 per person including all materials and afternoon tea.

Mala translates to ‘String of Beads’, originating from the ancient lineage of the Himalayan Yogis and traditionally used as a tool during prayers. Today a Mala is still used by thousands of practicing Yogis but it also makes a wonderful decorative necklace or bracelet for yourself or as the perfect Christmas gift. It can make for a really great talking point around the dinner table!
During this three-hour workshop participants will design and create their own string of Mala beads and learn about the history of Mala, and how they are used in practice. In a simple guided meditation, each person will set an intention for their beads.

No previous experience is necessary. All materials will be provided, including afternoon tea (please advise of any allergies) and an organic cotton drawstring bag in which to store or present your necklace. Places are limited and bookings should be made by using this link:

This is a one-off special class hosted by Holly Brown, who is visiting family in Asenby over the festive season. Holly is the daughter of Asenby parish councillor, Jane Gallon. She grew up in the Lake District and has spent the past 10 years living on the West Coast of Australia where she has been sharing traditional practices from the ancient Himalayan yogic teachings with the local community. Holly also has a passion for music so you will often find her alongside her harmonium learning and practicing not only the traditional chants but also a few familiar tunes too. Her current favourite being the childhood classic ‘You Are My Sunshine’. Holly is really looking forward to introducing a few villagers to the art of Mala at her unique workshop.

Textile recycling
This is advance notice that the next Bags2School textile recycling event will be held on Monday 23 January 2023. If you’re having an annual clear out of cupboards and wardrobes in the New Year, please save your discarded clothing. You’ll be able to drop off your bags of textiles at the Village Hall between 8.30am and 12 noon. If you have trouble storing the bags, contact Donna Fleming (07591 438766) or Doug Allan (07785 223707) and they will try to make arrangements for storage until the collection day. The proceeds of the event will be shared between the Village Hall and 1st Topcliffe Scouts.
Successful Christmas Fayre
The Christmas Fayre held yesterday at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall was a great success with plenty of people popping in to check out the craft stalls, which offered a fascinating range of ideas for Christmas presents.

The organisers – led by Karen and Malcolm Morley, Linda Carver and Linda Robinson – did a wonderful job of pulling the event together and providing lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

They raised £264 which will go towards maintaining the village hall, which like households, is impacted by recent cost of living increases.

A special mention for Karen’s sister, Susan Hammond, who ran a tombola stall and raised £135 – which was shared between Animal Crew Rescue and the Topcliffe Warm-Up Community Help Fund.

Letter to Santa
It’s nearly Christmas and Santa is busy getting everything ready. If your children would like to write to Santa here’s what they need to do.

  • Make sure your letter arrives in time for him to send a reply: Post it by Friday 9 December.
  • In the letter, let Santa know what you’d like for Christmas so he can add you to his list.
  • Put your full name and address in your letter so Santa knows where to reply.
  • Write this address – Santa/Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland XM4 5HQ – on the envelope and stick a stamp on it.
Local Business Awards
Everyone is being encouraged to nominate businesses or individuals from across Hambleton in Hambleton District Council’s annual Business Awards. The awards ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate business success in the area and the council is keen to receive nominations for those businesses and individuals people think should be recognised for their achievements.

The closing date for nominations is Saturday 31 December. For the categories and how to enter see

For further information please email

Cybercrime Advice Talk
Any group or organisation that would benefit from a cybercrime advice talk is invited to get in touch with North Yorkshire Police to set up a presentation. The cybercrime team regularly delivers presentations and talks to help people keep safe from cybercrime. It can offer expert advice on keeping your online accounts safe, how to protect yourself against phishing attacks and what to do if the worst happens and your account/s get hacked. Please email cybercrimeunit
Asenby Parish Council
The next meeting of Asenby Parish Council will take place at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 7pm on Monday 14 November 2022.
Knit and Natter
The next session will be at 1.30pm on Thursday 17 November in the TV lounge at The Angel. The cost for refreshments remains at £3 and everyone is welcome to attend, whether for a knit, just for a natter or both!
Glow 2022 at Harlow Carr
Let it Glow! Enjoy an unmissable after dark spectacle of lights at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this festive season. See the garden in breathtaking beauty as amazing illuminations light your way on a spectacular Glow trail.

Members: peak adult £8.95, off-peak adult £7.95. Non-members: peak adult £14.95, off-peak adult £12.95. Open from 17 November to 30 December (check site for specific days) – 4.30pm – 8.30pm. Tickets must be booked in advance –

Sessay Christmas Fair
The village fair is on Saturday 19 November between 10am and 3pm at Sessay Village Hall. Full details here.
Table Top Sale
There’s to be a table top sale at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall on Sunday 20 November between 10am and 3pm. There’ll be a range of stalls, face painting plus refreshments. See details on leaflet here.
Dalton Autumn Lunch
Dalton church’s Autumn Lunch will be on Sunday 20 November – 12 noon for 12.30pm. There will be hot food, to include turkey, roast beef, ham and lots of vegetables, followed by many, many sweets. You will not go home hungry! Tickets are £12 per head, with a family ticket for 2 adults and 2+ children at £30, will be available from Judy on 01845 577607. Space is limited, so don’t wait to get your tickets.
Artisan Market – Thirsk Market Place
Locally-produced arts & crafts, food and drink. A diverse, quality, shopping
experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. 10am-3pm on Sunday 20 November.
Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall Committee Meeting
The next meeting of the Village Hall Committee will take place in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22 November 2022.
Thirsk Christmas Lights Switch On
Thirsk Market Place – Friday 25 November at 6pm.
Rainton Christmas Fair
Sunday 27 November from 11am until 1pm. Handmade wreaths, Christmas decorations, unwanted gifts and toys being sold in aid of the village play park and village hall. Refreshments of bacon sarnies, mince pies and cakes.
Topcliffe Parish Council
The next meeting of Topcliffe Parish Council will take place at Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall at 7pm on Thursday 1 December 2022.
What’s on at The Catton Kitchen
Christmas Wreath Making – this year’s sessions will be held on:

  • Friday 2 December at 5.30-7.30pm
  • Saturday 3 December at 2.30-4.30pm
  • Sunday 4 December at 12.30-2.30pm.

They will be held in the little tipi with wood burning stove, mince pies and mulled wine There’s already considerable interest in these sessions, so please book early so that you are not disappointed. £45 per person (same price as last year).

Ready Meals – a wide range of ready meals, including pies are available.

Planets Galore
Sutton Bank National Park Centre is staging another night of star gazing on Saturday 3 December 2022 between 7 and 9pm. It’s called ‘Planets and a Rising Moon’ and it promises to be an exciting night spying the ‘stars’ of the Solar System. £16, child £10.50. Book online at
Dalton Christmas Fair
Dalton church’s Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 3 December between 10am and 12 noon. There will be various stalls, a tombola, bacon butties, and a visit by Santa with presents for the children. All welcome. contact Silvia on 01845 577020. There will also be an opportunity to put a message on the village Christmas tree, at a cost of £2 – please take your message to Sylvia at 30 Chapel Garth.
Dalton Christmas Pantomime
Dalton village’s annual panto will be Cinderella, to be held in the village hall on Monday 12 December at 7.00pm and Thursday 22 December at 6.30pm. Tickets are £9 for adults and £5 for children. The bar will be open. Availability is limited, so if you would like a ticket, please contact Eleanor on 07841 036340.
Art class at the Village Hall
A special art class is scheduled to take place on Thursday 15 December – "How to paint a hare, fox or owl in a moonlit winter landscape using acrylics". This class is for artists of every level of experience…or of none! Expert guidance is offered throughout the session. Classes are £25 and this includes all materials needed to complete your masterpiece. Refreshments are served. Times: 10.30am to 1pm. More information and online booking at
Ripon canal boat trips
Fancy a festive trip along the Ripon canal this Christmas? Tickets are now on sale for the winter warmer canal boat trips on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December. Trips take 45 minutes and start at 1.30pm. Tickets are £8.50 each and are available from Cathedral View Cafe, Ripon. Price includes homemade mince pie or chocolate brownie option (gluten free and vegetarian options), mulled wine/fruit punch. For children hot chocolate with all the trimmings is on offer. Full details here.
What’s on at The RItz

  • To Thursday 17 November (matinee Wednesday 16) – Emily
  • Friday 18 to Thursday 24 November (No matinees) – Black Adam
  • Friday 25 November to Thursday 1 December (Matinee Wednesday 30) – The Banshees of Inisherin.
  • Friday 2 to Thursday 8 December (No matinees) – Living.
  • Friday 9 to Friday 15 December (Matinees on Saturday 10, Sunday 11 and Wednesday 14) – Matilda – The Musical.

Updates: Please keep checking the website for the latest details –

St James Coffee and Chat
Baldersby St James – every Tuesday morning between 10am and 12 noon.
Local traders

A list of local traders in Topcliffe and Asenby can be viewed here.

Bin Collections

Hambleton (Topcliffe):

  • Recycling & Garden Waste – Thursdays 17 November and 1 December (final green bin collection this year).
  • Refuse – Mondays 21 November and 5 December.

Harrogate (Asenby):

  • Refuse – Mondays 14 and 28 November.
  • Garden waste – Thursdays 17 November and 1 December (final garden waste collection of this year).
  • Recycling – Mondays 21 November and 5 December.
That’s all for this week. Keep safe and remain well.